(BBC) - The man is alleged to have stopped turning up to work at the Ciaccio hospital in the southern city of Catanzaro in 2005.
He is now being investigated for fraud, extortion and abuse of office, Italian news agency Ansa reports.
He was reportedly paid €538,000 (£464,000) in total over the years he is thought not to have been working.
The arrests are the result of a lengthy police investigation into absenteeism and suspected fraud in the Italian public sector.
The employee was a civil servant, and was assigned to a job in the hospital in 2005. It was at this point he stopped going into work, the police said.
The police have also accused him of threatening his manager to stop her from filing a disciplinary report against him.
That manager later retired, police added, and his ongoing absence was never noticed by her successor or human resources.
You ever sign up for a free trial of something that requires a credit card number? Only to completely forget about canceling said free trial before the payments started? Only to have that recurring payment hit every month for three years before you realize what that consistent $8.99 charge is for? So then you try to log into that website, there's no chance you remember the password, you're not even fully sure it's the right email address, it's saying it doesn't recognize one or the other which doesn't narrow it down enough, you finally get the email to reset the password, submit your new selection only for the machine to tell you your new password can't be the same as your old password. Says who? If I want to play it fast and loose with my cyber security that's my choice, bub. You finally get in the website only to get lost in the labyrinth of tabs and links in an attempt to cancel a subscription. You find it. They ask if you're sure, they throw a lot of double negatives at you, they make, "No, I don't want to cancel," option way bigger as if anyone goes to the cancel subscription page to do anything but smash that cancel subscription button. They ask for a reason, you select "other," they now want a paragraph on what "other" could possibly mean in order to better serve the other customers who are just people who've yet to cancel their subscriptions. Then, finally, you're free. It's over. You've been unburdened by this torment.
I guess my question is: why does this guy go to jail for pulling the same finesse? I'm not saying keep him on payroll in perpetuity, but he got the better of you for the last 15 years. That's fair play. New manager didn't check the books, he didn't even have to threaten that person to keep his coin coming in. I've had a gym taking my money this whole pandemic, do they go to prison? I can't even cancel without going to the original one I signed up with despite them having locations in every fucking state. How does that even begin to make sense? You know their solution to this extremely 2021 problem? WRITE A FUCKING LETTER TO THE ORIGINAL GYM YOU SIGNED UP WITH! I gotta buy a stamp and some stationary to end a scheduled monthly $10 robbery. You don't see the federales getting involved here though.